On December 12, 2002, the government of Canada amended the Food and Drug Regulations to make nutrition labelling mandatory on most pre-packaged foods. Provisions for the use of diet-related health claims were introduced at the same time.

The transition period, consisting of warnings and detention of products with misleading labels, will be ending on December 12, 2007. After this date, all pre-packaged food products sold in Canada must comply with the applicable nutrition labelling requirements.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for enforcing the food labelling regulations in order to protect consumers from potential health and safety risks caused by mislabeled products.

Importers of food products should ensure the labels comply with specific requirements.

The CFIA has published a as well as a question / answer section, available on their website.

The Good Importing Practices for Food guide is available at: